By Glazyl Y. Masculino
BACOLOD City – About 150 jobs will be available for jobseekers here at SM Bacolod on Feb. 18.
This is part of the JobStreet by SEEK week-long caravan here which will kick off from Feb. 13 to 18.
This initiative seeks to bring more employers and jobseekers together as part of JobStreet’s commitment to boosting the labor market by going hyperlocal.
According to Gian Lorenzo Adato, hirer marketing lead, the career fair at SM Bacolod will be participated by 30 employers in partnership with the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
Top roles available in the career fair are customer service representative, administrative assistant, accounting staff, and sales representative.
According to JobStreet, the hottest job vacancies here are operations support, sourcing manager, supply chain manager, talent acquisition specialist, industrial engineer, and many more.
This reveals the potential of the province’s job market to thrive post-pandemic, eventually leading to a boost in the local economy, and improved quality of life among businesses and candidates.
Kim Viray, JobStreet Philippines head of marketing, said that JobStreet is a partner of choice in every stage of recruitment.
In fact, Viray said that as of 2023, over 15 million jobseekers are on the platform and 100,000 of these are from Negros Occidental.
Based on the internal database of JobStreet, about 47 percent of hirers in Western Visayas are found in the province.
Industries like IT/BPO, hospitality, retail, and food and beverage, among others, are flourishing, demonstrating Bacolod’s standing as a business-friendly city outside Cebu in the Visayas region.
Viray said that many jobseekers have returned to their provinces or decided to reside outside Metro Manila even after the pandemic.
“This means we have province-based quality talents that are looking for better career opportunities, so we’re here to help them make it even more possible,” he added.
Aside from the career fair, there will also be campus activation at the University of St. La Salle (USLS) and La Consolacion College (LCC).
Adato said that job-hunting tips and career insights will be shared with the youth, who will soon be entering the workforce.
There will also be an exclusive meet and greet dinner with the representatives of JobStreet, highlighting the brand’s effort in empowering companies in the new normal.
JobStreet is a leading employment platform in Southeast Asia, helping people live more fulfilling and productive working lives and helping organizations succeed.
It is a subsidiary of SEEK, a diverse group of companies comprised of a strong portfolio of online employment, educational, commercial, and volunteer businesses.
SEEK is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and has a strong presence in the Asia Pacific region, including six Asian markets – Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand.